Video Game Hangover

Randy does some minor time traveling in The Gardens Between. D.J. survives the latest Monster Hunter World festival, only to find himself surrounded by dragons in Dragalia Lost. Paul sets everyone straight on what is a sword and what is an axe.

Episode Timeline:
00:38 - Intro
03:30 - Spider-Man
13:11 - The Gardens Between
24:45 - Dragalia Lost
43:24 - Monster Hunter World Autumn Harvest Fest
53:20 - Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
65:38 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_364_-_A_Huge_Head_on_a_Tiny_Body.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

Randy advances his chicken liberation agenda by implanting one with deadly explosives in Bomb Chicken, then spends some time in the slightly less volatile world of Hob. D.J. re-enters the Stage of History in Soulcalibur VI. Also, Fortnite for adults.

Episode Timeline

00:27 – Intro

03:22 – What is Fortnite?

14:50 – Bomb Chicken

25:27 – Soulcalibur VI

42:52 – Hob

57:28 – Shadow of the Tomb Raider

1:16:17 – Outro

Direct download: VGH_363_-_My_Super_Flashy_Desperation_Move.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

Paul's thrilling 14859024-part Yakuza segment comes to a close as he wraps up Yakuza Kiwami 2. Also, Forza Horizon 4 vs. The Crew vs. a pleasant Hawaiian vacation, and a nearly endless buffet of exploding heads in Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise.

Episode Timeline:
00:38 - Intro
07:00 - Yakuza Kiwami 2
29:25 - Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
43:38 - Forza Horizon / The Crew
68:08 - Spider-Man minute
70:48 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_362_-_Help_a_Noob_Out.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19am EDT

We're continuing to murder people indiscriminately as Spider-Man but occasionally tagging in Lara Croft to show us how it's really done. Also, full-contact lawyering in the Yakuza studio's upcoming Judge Eyes.


Episode Timeline:
00:41 - Intro
02:50 - Judge Eyes
32:47 - Shadow of the Tomb Raider
53:22 - Spider-Man
65:09 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_361_-_Famous_Asian_Actors.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

We've got Spider-Man fever, although we can't seem to remember all the words to his theme song. Also, a return to World War II via the Battlefield V beta, and follow-up thoughts on Pokémon Go and Dragon Quest XI.

Episode Timeline:
00:41 - Intro
03:10 - Viewer Mail feat. Pokémon Go and Dragon Quest
17:14 - Spider-Man
46:24 - Battlefield V
63:16 - Alphabear minute
65:60 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_360_-_Charleston_Bomb.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

After a Pokemon-infested detour around Seattle, we're back to our old tricks: Gushing about the latest Yakuza game and arguing about donut semantics. Also: A tiny bit of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate.


Episode Timeline:
00:42 - Intro
02:55 - Pokemon Go
17:30 - Yakuza Kiwami 2
38:10 - Donut County
62:25 - Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
69:18 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_359_-_Corporate_Donut_Hole.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26am EDT

We're putting a wrap on this year's Summer Backlog Attack with the offensively relaxing Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, the extremely old Elder Scrolls: Arena, and the original Dragon Quest alla giapponese.

Episode Timeline

00:44 - Intro
05:56 - Bad sequels
14:10 - Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
35:20 - 日本語でドラゴンクエスト
52:10 - The Elder Scrolls: Arena
73:10 - Outro


Direct download: VGH_358_-_We_Dont_Talk_About_Dino_Crisis_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Randy continues his trip deep down the Holedown hole. Paul remembers what it's like to Uncharted. D.J. is completely baffled by Street Fighter 1. Also, Life Is Strange hot takes.

Episode Timeline

00:39 - Intro
01:48 - Holedown
11:44 - Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
27:32 - Street Fighter
43:58 - Life Is Strange
57:20 - Doom
62:45 - Outro

 

Direct download: VGH_357_-_Naughty_Dad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

It's most ambitious crossover event in VGH history: We played both sides of the Monster Hunter World x Final Fantasy XIV collaboration. Also, Randy discovers new things in Night in the Woods, D.J. plays the original Far Cry, and Paul tries a new Yakuza.

Episode Timeline

00:39 Intro
05:08 - Monster Hunter x Final Fantasy
22:48 - Yakuza Kiwami 2
30:18 - Night in the Woods
46:50 - Doom
64:30 - Far Cry
74:28 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_356_-_Shirtless_Demon_Punching.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

Randy fills that Arkanoid-shaped void in his life with some Holedown before stepping back into No Man’s Sky to see if they’ve added more inventory slots. D.J. tries to learn about World War II via the original Call of Duty. Also, a brief Dragonball detour.

Episode Timeline

00:00 - Intro

01:18 - Evo 2018

12:24 - Holedown

27:47 - No Man’s Sky Next

53:16 - Call of Duty

1:10:22 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_355_-_Like_D-Day_but_Worse.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31am EDT

Randy and D.J. try to make sense of the new Shin Megami Tensei mobile thing. Also, life in an underwater subway in Splatoon 2‘s Octo Expansion, re-learning how to hunt in Monster Hunter Generations, and the summer Backlog Attack is back!

Episode Timeline

00:31 - Intro

01:58 - Shin Megami Tensei Liberation D×2

29:07 - Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion

40:25 - Monster Hunter Generations

49:02 - Backlog Attack!!

1:02:30 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_354_-_Potions_and_Meat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01am EDT

Randy returns from the Jersey Shore (not that one) with tales of his re-Marstered life on, uh, Mars. D.J. goes into way too much detail over the new Steam version of Groove Coaster. Also, tips for enjoying Monster Hunter World‘s summer festival.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

01:45 - Captain Randy: Vacation Taker

06:50 - Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

26:23 - Captain D.J.: Groove Coaster

48:04 - Alec Mason: Space Friendhole

1:04:41 - Monster Hunter: Hunter Monster

1:14:15 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_353_-_I_Wish_It_Was_Edible.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42am EDT

Paul starts traveling down the long and mysterious Octopath. D.J. makes things more difficult than necessary in Homesick. Also, an extreme throwback to BBS RPGs, and unexpected fun climbing a tower.

Episode Timeline

00:00 - Intro
01:40 - Octopath Traveler
028:50 - Homesick
42:12 - Legend of the Red Dragon
51:20 - Final Fantasy XIV: Heaven-on-High
66:20 - Outro

 

 

Direct download: VGH_352_-_Granny_Badass.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13pm EDT

Beat the summer heat with some cool, red-hot game music, or something! We share our favorite Sega hits, favorite tropical Animal Crossing jams, and favorite... Antonio Vivaldi?

Episode Timeline

01:13 - Intro
03:04 - 🔥🎶🔥
76:10 - Outro

 

Direct download: VGH_351_-_Red-Hot_Summer_Game_Music.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am EDT

We're joining in The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, escaping the Commies in Black The Fall, and learning all about copyright law in the Westworld mobile game. And wait, is that Gravity Rush 2?

Episode Timeline

00:38 - Intro

01:36 - Gravity Rush 2

10:10 - How the Sausage is Made

11:00 - Westworld

30:03 - The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

43:45 - Black the Fall

58:48 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_350_-_100_Putin_Free.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17am EDT

Paul finally caves to peer pressure and tries Fortnite. D.J. leaves the arcade long enough to go treasure hunting in Gravity Rush 2. Randy does an in-depth analysis of the various Captains Toad. Also, Hollow Knight.

Episode Timeline

00:51 - Intro
01:58 - Groove Coaster
15:14 - Captain Toad Switch vs. 3DS
25:12 - Fortnite
42:45 - Gravity Rush 2
57:55 - Hollow Knight
74:00 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_349_-_I_Am_Not_A_Pro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:28pm EDT

Randy tries Yoku's Island Express, the latest in the crowded dung beetle/fruit-trading/pinball adventure genre. D.J. goes on a leisurely cruise in Quarantine Circular. And, of course, Yakuza.

Episode Timeline

00:00 - Intro
01:28 - It's more E3
09:48 - Fortnite
22:49 - Yoku's Island Express
38:40 - Quarantine Circular
52:03 - Yakuza 0
67:28 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_348_-_A_Chicken_Perhaps.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

It's E3 week and we can't wait to hear all about the new Animal Crossing game!

Episode Timeline

00:00 - Intro

01:18 - E3 shenanginanz

1:11:32 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_347_-_E3_2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33am EDT

Randy unveils his plan for Word Domination. D.J. navigates the treacherous staircases of Runner 3. Paul plays the same old same old. And someone, somewhere is excited for E3. Also: How realistic of a tennis game is Mario Tennis Aces?

Episode Timeline

00:48 - Intro
02:00 - FFXIV: Ultima Weapon Ultimate
13:18 - E3 Hype?
28:50 - Mario Tennis Aces
36:20 - Word Domination
47:29 - Runner 3
64:40 - Monster Hunter World
72:45 - Minute of Wizard of Legend
75:14 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_346_-_Trying_Very_Hard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:59pm EDT

What is Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon? A miserable pile of dated graphics and clunky controls. (Depending who you ask.) Also: Burly Men at Sea, the further adventures of wizards, and the first five prime numbers.

Episode Timeline

00:52 - Intro
01:45 - Final Fantasy XIV teaches mathematics
11:58 - 2 orders of business
14:35 - Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
37:19 - Burly Men at Sea
50:10 - Wizard of Legend
68:20 - Outro


Direct download: VGH_345_-_Roguelike_That_I_Like.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15pm EDT

We brush off our demon negotiation skills in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, ask the hard questions about what it means to be a Wizard of Legend, and lament the lack of tea kettles in Yakuza 6. Starring Paul Sandhu as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

Episode Timeline

00:35 - Intro
03:10 - Star Trek minute
07:30 - Yakuza 6
24:14 - Wizard of Legend
37:08 - Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
55:20 - David Cage minute
58:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_344_-_Patrick_Stewart_Read_My_Livejournal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EDT

Destiny 2: What is it? For that matter, what was Destiny 1? Join us as we search for answers to these and other totally inane Destiny questions. Also: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and something called My Nintendo Picross: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Episode Timeline

00:11 - Intro

01:58 - Celeste soundtrack

10:04 - Destiny 2

42:27 - Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

56:50 - My Nintendo Picross: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

1:09:37 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_343_-_Points_for_Doing_Stuff.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20am EDT

We grab our cameras and try to piece together all the weird stuff going on in the prototype demo of SWERY's The Good Life. Also: Tumblestone, several generations of Hidden My Game by Mom, and the latest Nintendo drama.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro

01:21 - How long is God of War?

04:22 - Mad at Nintendo

27:29 - Tumblestone

40:27 - The Good Life

56:44 - Hidden My Game by Mom

1:07:39 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_342_-_Unanswered_Questions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:10am EDT

Randy divides his time between a fighter pilot career in Rogue Aces and being a bad influence on Kratos Jr. in God of War. Speaking of bad influences, D.J. gets tips from Yakuza 6 on what to do if he ever finds himself stuck with a baby in a strange city.

Episode Timeline

00:42 – Intro

01:27 – Bad pronunciation advice

02:45 – Avengers: Infinity War

22:56 – God of War

39:04 – Yakuza 6

52:26 – Rogue Aces

1:09:57 – Outro

Direct download: VGH_341_-_A_Super_Serious_Guy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:50am EDT

God of War is out and we can offer real, informed opinions on it, so we shift our focus to Nintendo Labo. Meanwhile, D.J. trades the actual Tokyo for Yakuza 6‘s approximation, and wonders just who all these Internet monster hunters really are.

Episode Timeline:

00:40 - Intro

02:02 - Nintendo Labo

10:08 - God of War

43:17 - Yakuza 6

59:43 - Monster Hunter World

1:14:19 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_340_-_Vending_Machine_Hunter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm EDT

We've got Kratos on our minds this week, but he'll need to reclaim his title as the God of War from Lara Croft first. Randy feeds souls to the god of war in a new, very old version of Fire Emblem, and Paul finds time to stare at pretty trees in Monster Hunter. Also: we welcome our AI overlords in Semantris.

Episode Timeline

00:58 - Intro
05:28 - Random Movie Chat
09:48 - Lara Croft the new God of War
22:43 - Fire Emblem War
46:20 - Monster Hunter: War
61:30 - Semantris, Word War
64:28 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_339_-_I_Like_Fanciness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

D.J. checks in from Japan, a mysterious land where arcades and Xenogears live on. Back in America, Randy plays Minit 60 seconds at a time, then spends time with Metropolis: Lux Obscura, which brings some much-needed sexism to the match 3 genre. Also: Ticket to Earth.

Episode Timeline

00:41 - Intro
01:55 - 日本しましょう
16:53 - Dragon Quest XI??
28:35 - Xenogears 20th Anniversary Concert
47:51 - Minit
61:30 - Metropolis: Lux Obscura
71:01 - Ticket to Earth
74:20 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_338_-_A_Lot_of_Fiddling.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:04am EDT

Real people. Real lives. In between running 5Ks, Randy finds just enough time to stab every person, every rock and every tree, in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Meanwhile, Paul's just been sitting on his couch trying to escape from prison in A Way Out.

Episode Timeline

00:52 - Intro
02:42 - Cool Runnings w/ Cider
09:33 - Rise of the Tomb Raider
35:40 - A Way Out
58:48 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_337_-_Stabby_Stabby.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

We find ourselves unmistakably inside the video game realm as Randy encounters Xbox Live pirates on the Sea of Thieves. Meanwhile, Paul plots a prison break in A Way Out, although he'd rather escape from Yakuza 5. D.J. doesn't like a Final Fantasy thing.

Episode Timeline

00:51 - Intro
09:48 - Sea of Thieves
31:03 - A Way Out
41:00 - FFXIV: The Forbidden Land, Eureka
57:05 - Yakuza 5
66:50 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_336_-_A_Giant_Skull_Smoking_a_Blunt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

Randy confronts various acrobatic and linguistic challenges in Fe. D.J. snoops on a gang of cool hackers in the #WarGames interactive-TV-series-game-thing. And events unfold over and over again in Last Day of June.

Episode Timeline

00:42 - Intro
02:00 - Music game minute
12:35 - Fe
32:55 - #WarGames
50:36 - Last Day of June
66:50 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_335_-_Fox_Dog_Thing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am EDT

Unfettered by inclement weather, Cap'n Randy takes his galleon in search of booty (and a bigger bucket) on the Sea of Thieves. Meanwhile, D.J. sticks to the familiar music game waters of DJMAX Respect. Also, someone's been drinking again.

Episode Timeline

00:00 - Intro
05:44 - Sea of Thieves
40:58 - DJMAX Respect
60:04 - Monster Hunter Wiggler World
66:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_334_-_Fraught_With_Peril.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

Paul heads Into the Breach for another chance to save humanity from giant insects, Randy hops aboard the Subsurface Circular, and D.J. takes a part-time job as a UFO. Also, a year later, how much do we love exchanging friend codes on the Switch? So much.

Episode Timeline

00:35 - Intro
01:42 - Merry Switchmas 2018
06:43 - Luigi's Balloon World
16:14 - Into the Breach
41:53 - Subsurface Circular
53:10 - Part Time UFO
61:00 - Mass Effect Andromeda
70:35 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_333_-_More_Swords_Than_Anyone_Else.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT

On this week’s show: Garrus chat. Also, Paul finally makes room in his busy schedule to play Mass Effect Andromeda for some reason, and Randy regales us with tales of his recent experience with Dandara ON THE SWITCH.

Episode Timeline

00:41 - Intro
05:08 - Monster Hunter: World
11:28 - Mass Effect: Andromeda
46:00 - Dandara
66:35 - Outro

 

Direct download: VGH_332_-_You_Know_Garrus_Right.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

Paul and D.J. get pulled into Metal Gear Survive's weird alternate dimension of tower defense and zombies. D.J. interrogates robots on a train in Subsurface Circular. And Monster Hunter: World continues.

Episode Timeline

00:38 - Intro
02:10 - Monster Hunter: World
20:30 - Metal Gear Survive
37:30 - Subsurface Circular
55:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_331_-_Doctor_Robot.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

Randy delves into the world of thinly veiled 90s TV references in The Darkside Detective. D.J. plays the latest in one of his favorite genres: Shadow of the Colossus remakes. And Paul continues hunting monsters, somewhere.

Episode Timeline

00:44 - Intro
06:53 - The Darkside Detective
17:58 - Celeste
25:53 - Shadow of the Colossus
55:18 - Monster Hunter: World
71:12 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_330_-_Shotguns_and_Super_Glue.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

Randy shoots up space-terrorists in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare before uncovering Radiant Historia's dark underbelly of anti-anime DLC. D.J. gives an update on the state of fashion in Final Fantasy XIV. And Paul continues hunting monsters, somewhere.

Episode Timeline

00:35 - Intro
01:52 - Monster Hunter Hunt Night
07:14 - Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
28:48 - Final Fantasy XIV: Fashion Report
45:41 - Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
67:18 - Outro

 

Direct download: VGH_329_-_Just_Keep_Exploding.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

Part 6 of the Garbage Trilogy confusingly continues with the full version of Monster Hunter: World, which Paul and D.J. determine, after an unspecified number of hours, is decidedly not garbage. Also, Randy climbs a mountain in Celeste.

Episode Timeline

00:41 – Intro
05:01 – Celeste
27:16 – Monster Hunter: World
56:40 – Bridge Constructor Portal
64:55 – Outro

Direct download: VGH_328_-_Look_Upon_This_Garbage.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

Paul and D.J. get deep into Monster Hunter World and opine on controversial topics like drinks and numbers. Meanwhile, Randy escapes Monster Hunter with the Lost Sphear demo, then escapes from the Lost Sphear demo with a classic 3DS game. Also, cardboard.

Episode Timeline

00:00 – Intro
01:38 – A plebeian TV
09:20 - Nintendo Labo
18:14 – Monster Hunter World
45:10 – Lost Sphear
55:36 – Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
64:48 - FM Corporate Utopian Fantasy
67:05 – Outro

 

Direct download: VGH_327_-_My_Brain_Feels_Different.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

It’s the episode we’ve all been waiting for: Randy played Knack II and has opinions. Meanwhile, D.J. treads cautiously into Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, and Paul played Yakuza 5?

Episode Timeline

00:00 – Intro

01:34 – Knack II

16:38 – Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King

39:00 – Yakuza 5

57:23 – Viewer Mail

1:14:24 – Outro

Direct download: VGH_326_-_Lookin_4_Nudes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

So far, 2018 is looking a lot like 2017 with more Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Yakuza. Meanwhile, D.J. takes a trip to an art installation.

Episode Timeline

00:00 - Intro
04:48 - Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC
25:30 - Yakuza 0 and 4 and 5
44:35 - Islands: Non-Places
51:20 - Panoramical
59:55 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_325_-_Befriending_a_Chicken.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

We look back on 2017, a year sure to be remembered by history for its seemingly endless stream of quality video games.

Episode Timeline

00:48 - Intro
02:20 - Which video games in 2017 were good?
92:48 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_324_-_17_Goombas_Tall.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

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